Council discusses permits, lighting

By Howell Dennis

CROWLEY – The Crowley City Council met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of issues including giving a liquor permit to the Ballroom for their catering and the issuance of a permit for a snowball stand on Avenue D.

The meeting was one of the shorter ones in recent months.

Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson was lauded for his department’s efforts in keeping the crowds at Duson Park under control.

Apparently the arrival of daylight savings time brings crowds to the park which tend to become unruly. Past problems include fighting, liquor and loud noise which disturbs the neighbors. Chief Gibson has been having his officers put in some extra time in controlling the problems with the crowds and the results have been apparent.

In one of the lighter moments of the meeting, Gibson was also commended by alderwoman Laurita Pete for his role in contacting a woman’s sister in Mississippi.

Pete then laughingly admitted that it was her who needed the assistance.

“Chief I’d like to thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty for me that day,” she said.

“Ms. Pete, I hope this encourages you to start carrying a cell phone,” Mayor Greg Jones responded.

“Mr. Mayor one of these days I’ll make it to the twenty first century,” Pete responded to the laughter of those in attendance.

The council also voted to approve the issuance of a liquor permit to the owners of the Ballroom for their catering business. The council approved the measure without discussion.

In other business the council decided to approve a conditional use permit for a snowcone stand for Brandon Broussard of Crowley.

Some members of the council were annoyed that Broussard had already built his stand before receiving approval from the council. After being assured that Broussard was unaware of the steps he would have to take to get his stand up and running council members approved the measure.

Some council members mentioned how nice Broussard’s stand and his property looked.

The council also approved the payment of a company for work to be done on the Enterprise Building on Parkerson Avenue. The work includes the construction of two walls and new doors to help create extra space.

One item that seemed to especially make the council happy was an ordinance to authorize an agreement with the Department of Transportation Development for the city to pay ten percent of the construction costs for the lighting of Exit 82 near the Lowe’s/Walmart development area.

“If this happens that exit will no longer look like a light in the middle of the universe,” Mayor Jones said.

The grant could be awarded as soon as next month.

Members of the council jokingly said that they would drive to Baton Rouge themselves after the meeting to deliver news of the approval.

The lighting would completely light up the entire ramp off of the exit and would drastically increase visibility for motorists.

Other items approved by the council included an ordinance which would provide for the impounding, disposition and euthanasia of animals and provide for the prosecution of such violations and a bid for the installation of video equipment for Crowley’s police cars.

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